After a blowout Austin debut last year, ARTCRANK is rolling into the southern cycling stronghold once again. The show opens on Friday, February 22 at Austin’s famous Pine Street Station, followed by an extended run at Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop from Saturday, February 23 – Sunday, March 17.
The 2013 edition of ARTCRANK ATX features hand-made, bike-inspired posters created by 30 local artists. Admission is free, and limited edition signed and numbered copies of all posters will be available for $40 each.
By definition, a bike party wouldn’t be a bike party without beer. As such, a selection of craft beers by Widmer Brothers Brewing will be available at the Opening Night Party in exclusive ARTCRANK pint glasses, with all proceeds benefitting Austin-based LIVESTRONG and its ongoing campaign to provide free cancer support services to help people cope with the financial, emotional and practical challenges that accompany the disease.
“Austin has a long history of fostering cycling community and promoting the fight against cancer, and ARTCRANK is the perfect event to bring these two together,” says Brian Myers of LIVESTRONG. “It’s an event that provides the local community the chance to have a cold beverage, support local artists, and enjoy life – while benefiting an organization that is trying to help everyone do the same. I couldn’t be more excited for ARTCRANK’s second year in Austin, the spirit and enthusiasm of everyone involved is exactly what we need to encourage our survivors.”
After the show’s Austin 2012 debut produced record opening night crowds and poster sales, ARTCRANK founder Charles Youel is looking forward to an even bigger event in 2013. “We got an incredible reception in Austin last year, from the cycling community, the creative community, and everyone who came to the show,” Youel says. “We’ve got a lot of new poster artists this year, and I know there’s some friendly competition going on. People saw the quality of the work we had in 2012, and they want to set the bar even higher this year.”
Beyond Austin, ARTCRANK will stage shows in 10 more U.S. cities: Minneapolis, St. Louis, Chicago, Seattle, Boston, Denver, New York, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles. ARTCRANK will also hold two shows in the UK in London and Manchester, and will stage its first event in Paris, in partnership with Vélib’, the world’s second-largest bike share program.
ARTCRANK ATX: Opening Night Party
Friday, February 22 — 6:00pm – 11:00pm CST
Pine Street Station
1101 E. 5th Street
– Original prints from local artists – all sold for $40
– Beer and custom pint glasses by Widmer Brothers Brewing
– Proceeds from pint glass sales go to benefit LIVESTRONG
ARTCRANK ATX: Extended Showing at Mellow Johnny’s
Saturday, February 23 (7:00pm) — Sunday, March 17
Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop
– LIVESTRONG fundraising party on Saturday, February 23
– Poster sales continue while supplies last
– See the Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop website for business hours